For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you,plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11
Dearly Beloved in Christ
God has blessed us with a New Year. We have stepped into the year 2017 with hope, courage and confidence. This New Year is God’s gift to us with opportunities and challenges that will demand from us bold, committed and creative response. Every day, every hour, every minute and every second of this year will challenge us to make multiple choice/opportunities that God sends on our way to mold us into a better person and to build a better world. And as we prepare ourselves to journey through the New Year, we need to discern those challenges and be assured of the truth that the Lord who has led us thus far is great enough to lead us in the days to come through the path that we have never ever gone.
Our God is a relational God. He likes to relate to human beings. In the past he related to them in and through signs and wonders, words and visions, prophets and angels. But now he has established a relationship with human beings through his son Our Lord Jesus Christ. In biblical terms this relationship is called a covenant. The bilateral covenant determined God’s blessing on the basis of man’s obedience. But the unilateral covenant promise divine blessing irrespective of human behavior. In and through the sacraments that we receive God continues to establish and strengthen this relationship. As we are here in the beginning of a New Year it is a good time to reflect on the past year and look forward into the New Year and take inventory of our walk with the Lord. We should take a very close look at where we are in our relationship with Him. We need to examine ourselves and see where we have been, where we are and where the Lord wants us to be.
The great lent begins on February 26th, 2107 and it is a time to be aware of our relationship with God by asking ourselves, whether or not we are strengthening this relationship day by day or weakening it through our indifference and negligence. Lent is the opportune time to grow in our desire for God and in a deeper appreciation
of our heritage as members of the redeemed people. Each of the Lent is a call from God to us to come back to him and be filled with his being, his love, his truth.
A special word of appreciation and gratitude to the Office Bearers and Executive committee members of 2016 for their committed and tireless service rendered to the parish and pray for God’s blessings and guidance on the Office Bearers and Executive Committee members for the year 2017.
May God bless you all,
Rev. Manoj Idiculla
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